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Hitmen Seek Revenge On Road In Saskatoon

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A season series that has seen a trend the Hitmen are hoping to end.

Friday night marks a back-to-back weekend for the Hitmen starting against the Saskatoon Blades, (6:05 p.m. MT, WHL Live, Sportsnet 960 THE FAN/Alt Stream) to end the four game series.

Through the first three games, the home side have been on the winning side of two games, with the only road win coming on Feb. 18 at the Scotiabank Saddledome, with the Blades skating away with a 5-1 win.

The Hitmen are looking to exact revenge and end the series on a high note. The offence will look to gain ground as Saskatoon has outscored the Hitmen 15-11. Jake Kryski (1G, 4A) leads the Hitmen in the season series with five points, while Jakob Stukel (3G, 1A) is next with four points. In their last seven visits to Saskatoon, the Hitmen have gone 5-1-1.

In their last contest, the Hitmen dropped a tightly contested 3-2 affair to the Swift Current Broncos to start the four-game road trip. Stukel and Tristen Nielsen found the back of the net, while goaltender Nick Schneider was solid in stopping 35 shots.

Saskatoon head into the clash after a thrilling 6-5 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings Tuesday evening, as they continue to fight in catching up to Prince Albert for the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. With an even 5-5 mark in their last 10 games played, the Blades sit four points back of the Raiders with six games remaining.

The Hitmen will wrap-up the weekend against Prince Albert Saturday night, before ending the road trip Tuesday in Medicine Hat.


Hitmen Streaks

Jakob Stukel (9G, 9A) is riding a 10 game point streak, the longest by any Hitmen player this season.

Tristen Nielsen (2G, 2A) has points in four consecutive games

Vladislav Yeryomenko (2A) is on a two-game point streak.

Jake Kryski (5G, 9A) has points in eight of his last nine outings.


Hitmen Milestones

Mark Kastelic is two assists away from 50.

Luke Coleman needs six points for 100.

Tristen Nielsen is three games away from 100.


Hitmen

Record: 20-36-8-2

Goals For: 202

Goals Against: 257

Leaders:

Goals: Jakob Stukel (35)

Assists: Jake Kryski (36)

Points: Stukel (58)

Powerplay Goals: Vladislav Yeryomenko (7)

Shorthanded Goals: Luke Coleman (3)

Shots: Stukel (218)

Top Goalie: Nick Schneider 18-29-8-2, 3.68 GAA, .886 SV%


Blades

Record: 32-31-2-1

Goals For: 216

Goals Against: 255

Leaders:

Goals: Braylon Shmyr (35)

Assists: Shmyr (48)

Points: Shmyr (83)

Powerplay Goals: Shmyr, Josh Paterson (11)

Shorthanded Goals: Several Players Tied (1)

Shots: Shmyr (238)

Top Goalie: Nolan Maier 23-15-1, 3.23 GAA, .889 SV%


Special Teams Rankings

Hitmen

Powerplay: 47 for 264 17.8% (19th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 77.8% (12th Overall)

Blades

Powerplay: 52 for 254 20.5% (15th Overall)

Penalty Kill: 77.5% (14th Overall)

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